Posts Written OnMarch 2015

Applesauce Meatloaf and Oven-Roasted Potatoes

Meatloaf and potatoes just says warm and comfy to me. The perfect comfort food perhaps? And, really, who doesn’t need comfort food with winter not wanting to let go. :/ #letitgo This recipe has been slowly perfected over the years by my family and the special ingredients of applesauce and ketchup bring it all together perfectly.

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Grandma’s Chocolate Syrup

 something so good can be put together in a matter of five minutes then it just makes it that much better! My family loves chocolate and Grandma’s recipe for chocolate syrup is no exception. I personally enjoy the syrup just by adding it to milk for a glass of chocolate milk (maybe dress it up with some whipped cream :) ) or heating it up for a mug of hot chocolate. But there are so many other ways to use this syrup… my sister will pour it over cake and let it soak in! And then there is just the simple drizzle over ice cream or the stir it in for one of the best chocolate milk shakes! Yep, Grandma did good! :)

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Stitching Together My Grocery Tote Bag: Step by Step Sewing Project

Lately I’ve been finding myself filling up used plastic grocery bags to carry this and that around. Not exactly the most practical way to transport items, especially heavy ones (yes, experience has told me that one… oops). So to the sewing machine I went and in not much time at all I made an easy-to-carry tote bag, strong and durable, and even washable!

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Brunch with Pumpkin Pancakes and Custard!

You have some leftover custard from earlier maybe? Yea… I didn’t think so… but maybe next time you might want to plan in advance to set aside some of that custard for a sunday brunch. Think pancakes… hot-off-the-griddle pancakes… fluffy, light-as-air pancakes… think pumpkin pancakes! Yep, you read right… pumpkin! I was flabbergasted by how fluffy these babies are and the pumpkin flavor is perfectly subtle. A few scoops of pumpkin custard over your stack of pancakes and you have a brunch to die for!

Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes

Yield: 6 pancakes (depending on size)

Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 eggs, separated


  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in large mixing bowl.
  2. Combine the pumpkin, milk, and egg yolks in another bowl until homogenous (i.e. very well combined).
  3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour pumpkin mixture in the well and mix until combined.
  4. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt in a separate bowl until the whites form soft to stiff peaks.
  5. Fold the egg whites quickly and gently into the batter.
  6. Coat your preheated griddle with butter (I just partially unwrap a stick of butter and spread the butter on that way.) and then ladel the batter onto the griddle to the desired size of pancake.
  7. When the tops of the pancakes have bubbled up and resemble a holey swiss cheese, flip them over. The bottoms take less time so be careful not to burn them. You want a beautiful golden brown color on both sides. Serve with the usual maple syrup or put a couple scoops of warmed pumpkin custard over top! Soooo good!
  8. Tips: If you are making a larger batch, transfer the pancakes to a large baking dish and keep them warm in the oven at 200° until ready to eat. Also, leftovers can be easily put into plastic bags and frozen and then later reheated for another meal.


I multiplied this recipe by 5 for my family and had plenty of leftovers to carry through the week.

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Warming the Home with Pumpkin Custard

Freezing your pumpkin in the fall means pumpkin goodness in the winter! My family tries to freeze as many quarts of cooked pumpkin puree as we can fit in the freezer. And today I am grabbing two of those quarts (roughly 5 cups) and whipping up some pumpkin custard! “What? Custard?” Yep, same stuff that goes in a pumpkin pie, but I’m not going to bother with a crust. Just scoop some of the custard in a bowl and load up on the whipped cream or even a scoop of ice cream and dig in! Sounds grand? I thought so!

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